en·​slave | \ in-ˈslāv How to pronounce enslave (audio) , en-\
enslaved; enslaving; enslaves

Definition of enslave

transitive verb

: to reduce to or as if to slavery : subjugate

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enslavement \ in-​ˈslāv-​mənt How to pronounce enslavement (audio) , en-​ \ noun
enslaver noun

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Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel about a post-U.S. nation ruled by religious extremists whose response to a fertility crisis is to enslave women to bear their children, this show is never going to be a laugh riot. Ellen Gray, https://www.inquirer.com, "Summer TV: 'Big Little Lies,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ a Kevin Bacon drama, and much more," 5 June 2019 The entrance includes replicas of the pens in which the enslaved were corralled and a display that recreates the feeling of waiting for one’s turn on an auction block. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "New memorial for lynching victims reaches for truth and reconciliation," 24 Apr. 2018 Because France had no large, domestic slave population, preferring instead to enslave Africans in its colonies, race never became the fundamental cleavage in its politics. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa — explained," 19 July 2018 In late February, Schablitsky was joined by Anne Arundel County archaeologist Jane Cox and five descendants of individuals who were enslaved in Belvoir. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Slave Cemetery May Have Been Discovered at a Plantation Near Annapolis," 15 Mar. 2018 When millions of Americans were enslaved, and women had no rights? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be the First Muslim Woman to Wear a Hijab in Congress Tomorrow," 2 Jan. 2019 As the war raged on throughout the South, enslaved Black women fought to secure their own freedom, often fleeing plantations under threat of capture. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women's Labor in America Has Always Been Exploited," 7 Aug. 2018 Nuclear weapons play into the vampire mastermind’s plot to enslave humanity. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work," 2 Apr. 2018 The speech advocated for the poor and marginalized, for those starving and enslaved. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "‘Those he touched’: Ted Kennedy’s heartbreaking eulogy for his slain brother, Bobby," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enslave

: to make (someone) a slave


en·​slave | \ in-ˈslāv How to pronounce enslave (audio) \
enslaved; enslaving

Kids Definition of enslave

: to make a slave of

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